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Web and Computer Security

Web and Computer Security

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Well, if that would have been said to me by my father when I was 2 years of age, I would have understood. But when today, my own computer tells me that when I am 34, I wonder why I spent $1500 on my computer hardware and software just to enjoy the (un-realized) benefits of this great and revolutionary information technology?
Today’s cyberspace is hazardous. None of today’s PC users can claim that they never had a computer virus issue or a PC security breach. Now, if you count today’s number of PC users worldwide, they will soon be 1 billion by 2010 according to analysts. When I see all the computer viruses, infections, trojans, and what not around me, and compare it with the 1 billion innocent computer users around the world, I simply feel sorry not only for those billion users but for myself too. But again, as a common user myself, I must admit it was not all doomsday for the whole industry since 1987 when I started to use computers. So, as a responsible member of this great IT revolution, I must share some of the best tips and tricks that I learned to use to make the minimum room for productivity on my computer.
Well, if that would have been said to me by my father when I was 2 years of age, I would have understood. But when today, my own computer tells me that when I am 34, I wonder why I spent $1500 on my computer hardware and software just to enjoy the (un-realized) benefits of this great and revolutionary information technology?
Today’s cyberspace is hazardous. None of today’s PC users can claim that they never had a computer virus issue or a PC security breach. Now, if you count today’s number of PC users worldwide, they will soon be 1 billion by 2010 according to analysts. When I see all the computer viruses, infections, trojans, and what not around me, and compare it with the 1 billion innocent computer users around the world, I simply feel sorry not only for those billion users but for myself too. But again, as a common user myself, I must admit it was not all doomsday for the whole industry since 1987 when I started to use computers. So, as a responsible member of this great IT revolution, I must share some of the best tips and tricks that I learned to use to make the minimum room for productivity on my computer.

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Web and Computer Security
Well, if that would have been said to me by my father when I was 2 years of age, I wouldhave understood. But when today, my own computer tells me that when I am 34, Iwonder why I spent $1500 on my computer hardware and software just to enjoy the (un-realized) benefits of this great and revolutionary information technology?Today’s cyberspace is hazardous. None of today’s PC users can claim that they never hada computer virus issue or a PC security breach. Now, if you count today’s number of PCusers worldwide, they will soon be 1 billion by 2010 according to analysts. When I see allthe computer viruses, infections, trojans, and what not around me, and compare it withthe 1 billion innocent computer users around the world, I simply feel sorry not only for those billion users but for myself too. But again, as a common user myself, I must admitit was not all doomsday for the whole industry since 1987 when I started to usecomputers. So, as a responsible member of this great IT revolution, I must share some of the best tips and tricks that I learned to use to make the minimum room for productivityon my computer.Please note this is a tutorial for someone who has basic know-how of computer usage.For those who are newbies, I would recommend asking a local expert’s help before tryinganything out mentioned in this tutorial. In that case, make room for payment from deep pocket. For your own convenience, print this tutorial for step-by-step instructions.Whenever my computer is infected, I act on any of the following options;1. FORMAT HARD DISK: I back up all of my data on a CD-Writer if it is stillaccessible. And then format the whole hard disk drive and re-install each and everyapplication.2. USE SOFTWARE: I exhaust all anti-virus and other software options. This is usuallymy first priority as compared to formatting the whole computer hard disk drives. Now, let me explain both options in detail;PRE-REQUISITES: Make sure you have a CD-Drive (Writer), empty writable CDs,Windows OS CD (bootable) that contains files such as Format.exe, Scandisk.exe,FDisk.exe, and Attrib.exe files. Microsoft Office CD, Anti-Virus CD, GoldenHawk CDWriting Software in DOS (copy2cd.exe and cdtools.exe), Serial Numbers of your License, Driver CDs of Motherboard, VGA, Network, Sound and Modem devices.Optionally, download (usinghttp://www.download.com or http://www.tucows.com) these software from any Internet Café when your own computer is inaccessible and saveit on a CD so that you can use it anytime for security purposes;
 
Golden Hawk DOS based CD Writing SoftwareHTech Fireman Windows based CD Writing SoftwareDriver Genius ProPartition MagicAVG AntiVirusSpywareBlaster & SpywareGuardSpybot Search & DestroyAd-AwareIE-SpyAdZoneAlarmHiJackThis & CWShredder I have intentionally avoided mention of many commercially good and more friendlysoftware’s mention here as I wanted everything to do FREE without any additional costsapart from the usual OS licenses. For your own convenience, you can research Google or Yahoo search engines find further information about such commercial software and their availability / pricing.1. FORMAT HARD DISK I know it is painful and surgical type of solution, but sometimes, it is the ONLY solutionleft after exhausting all of our efforts to revive our computer machine after a virus attack.Follow this procedure;Booting Up: Try booting your computer normally first and see if you can login easily. If you can’t or your computer hangs up, try holding F8 key when starting Windows and youwill get the Safe Mode. Even if you don’t get the Safe Mode, don’t worry.Power up your computer and press DEL key or F2 key to login your CMOS. In CMOS,go to Boot Preferences and make CD Drive as boot drive as your first boot drive andchange the hard disk drive as the second boot drive. If you don’t see your CD Drive inthe boot-up options, your CD Drive is not properly installed. Check the connectors or ask your CD Drive provider for instructions to install the CD Drive. Now, when your CDDrive is ready, insert your Windows OS CD in the CD Drive and restart your computer machine. When prompted, select the option “Boot from CD with CD Option”. When youget the prompt, Notice the CD Drive letter that was allocated to your CD Drive when it
 
installed the CD Driver. It is usually D: drive or the last drive letter depending on thenumber of your partitions. Note it down as it is the actual drive letter where you will haveto type a DOS command like d:You should now be able to run all software utilities such as Format, Scandisk, FDisk or Windows Installation Setup.exe files. Right now, simply make sure they exist by typing aDOS command dir at the CD drive letter. If you don’t find it with this simple directorycommand, use dir/s filename to search the file. For example, to search fdisk.exe file, typedir/s fdisk.exe.BACKING UP YOUR DATA: Before formatting your hard disk drive, please make sureyou have proper back up of your critical data files such as Microsoft Word, Excel,Powerpoint, etc files on a CD or any other media for backup that you have access to. Inthis tutorial, we assume you have a CD-Writer installed for taking backups on WriteableCDs. Their capacity is usually 700MB or less. Here, you should seriously consider usingZipping software like WinZip or WinRAR.VIA WINDOWS: If you can luckily login to your Windows OS, you should run the CD-Writer software such as HTech Fireman to back up all of your data on an empty CD. If you don’t know how to do it, read their user manual for detailed instruction set. If youcan’t access your Windows OS, read on.VIA DOS: Some of the files that you wish to make back-up, may be hidden. To un-hidethem, use attrib *.* +r +s +h. Now, use the software from Golden Hawk file named as copy2cd.exe to backup your datafiles or directories on a writeable CD. Before using this command, make sure you are inan appropriate path on the computer such as E:/ where the actual file copy2cd.exe fileresides;Copy2cd c:data*.* f:Here we assumed that f: is a CD Writer drive. Now, repeat the same for all of your filesto back up. When finished, run cdtools.exe command i.e. cdtools f: to finish by selectingoption “Disc Finalization”.If you can’t back up your data using the above-mentioned procedure, either ask anoutside expert’s help personally or via internet. If all fails, forget your data forever andcarry on installing a new OS as mentioned in this tutorial.Backing up Your Drivers: An interesting tool to mentioned here is a software thatautomatically backs up all of your drivers of CD, modem, sound card, vga, usb, printer or  just about anything that is currently installed on your system. But this software worksonly in an operational windows OS, and not in DOS. It is a good and time-saving practiceto keep a backup of all of your drivers on a CD by using such a software. Its name isDriver Genius Pro and it is commercial software, not a freeware.

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